Anti-grunge heroine sticks, perhaps unwisely, to her guns

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Thalia Zedek – Trust Not Those In Whom Without Some Touch Of Madness

Thalia Zedek made her name in the early ’90s with Come, an extraordinarily intense Boston band whose rough-hewn, bluesy alt.rock radically distinguished them from their peers. After abandoning Come, Zedek went solo. Trust Not Those…(the title is a scrambled fortune cookie message) suggests the Greek rebetika tradition as overhauled by The Dirty Three, but Zedek’s gruff, resolutely mournful vocals and the relentless see-sawing rhythms stop the album’s potential energy dead in its tracks. By the close of play, it sounds like its very lifeblood is draining through the speakers.